List of Famous Pacifists People

List of Famous Pacifists

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List of famous pacifists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top pacifists in the world? This includes the most prominent pacifists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable pacifists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic pacifists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned pacifists.

List below includes John Lennon, Albert Einstein and more people.

From reputable, prominent, and well known pacifists to the lesser known pacifists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the pacifist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous pacifists ever?" and "What are the names of famous pacifists?" then you're in the right place. (107 items)

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    Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Ulm
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist, Author, + more
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    John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership. Born and raised in Liverpool, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
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    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma —applied to him first in 1914 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1869-1948)
    • Birthplace: Porbandar, India
    • Profession: Politician, Writer, Philosopher, Lawyer
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    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1854-1900)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright
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    Martin Luther King is a fictional character in the film Theme of the Traitor and the Hero.more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1929-1968)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion
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    Helen Keller
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    Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1880-1968)
    • Birthplace: Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Pacifist, Lecturer, Author
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    Tank Man

    Tank Man
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    A man who stood in front of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force, became known as the Tank Man or Unknown Protester. The tanks maneuvered to pass by the man, and he moved to continue to obstruct them, in ...more

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    Jeannette Rankin
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    Jeannette Pickering Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress, in 1916 and again in 1940, from the state of Montana. After winning her House seat in 1916 she said, "I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last." Rankin's two terms in Congress coincided with ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1880-1973)
    • Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Worker, Social activist
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    Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family. He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, and for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1894-1963)
    • Birthplace: South East England, Surrey, Eurasia, Waverley, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, Writer
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    Yoko Ono, is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. Ono grew up in Tokyo, and studied at Gakushuin University while her family moved to the US to escape the war.more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: East Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
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    Leo Tolstoy
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    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright and philosopher who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1828-1910)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Russia, Yasnaya Polyana
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer, Philosopher, + more
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    James Morris Lawson, Jr. is an American activist and university professor. He was a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the American Civil Rights Movement. During the 1960s, he served as a mentor to the Nashville Student Movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Pastor, Writer
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    Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Vietnam
    • Profession: Pacifist, Poet, Monk, Writer, Teacher
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    James Bevel

    James Bevel
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    James Luther Bevel was a leader of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement who, as the Director of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference initiated, strategized, directed, and developed SCLC's three major successes of the era: the 1963 Birmingham ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1936-2008)
    • Birthplace: Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States of America
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    Vera Mary Brittain was an English writer and pacifist. Her best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth recounted her experiences during the First World War and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1893-1970)
    • Birthplace: Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Nurse, Novelist, Writer
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    Aung San Suu Kyi
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    Aung San Suu Kyi AC is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% of the seats in Parliament . She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections.more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
    • Profession: Pacifist, Civil rights activist, Politician, Democracy activist, Economist, + more
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    Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
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    The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama, as well as the longest-lived incumbent. Dalai Lamas are amongst the head monks of the Gelug school, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Taktser, China
    • Profession: Lama, Actor, Writer, Philosopher
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    William Penn
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    William Penn was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was an early advocate of democracy and religious freedom, notable for his good relations and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1644-1718)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
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    Joan Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Pacifist, Activist, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
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    Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist, writer, and human rights activist known for her opposition to the Second Chechen War and President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Politkovskaya made her reputation reporting from Chechnya. Her post-1999 articles about conditions in Chechnya were turned ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1958-2006)
    • Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Journalist, Author, Writer
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